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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plants Y2K Ready

WASHINGTON -- Major systems at Russian nuclear plants should not be affected by Y2K computer bugs, but local residents could lose heat and electricity if some computers fail, the U.S. Energy Department reported Friday.

Energy officials said tests of the plants' crucial safety and communications systems revealed no problems.

"The nuclear parts are so old, they're largely not run by computer. There's practically nothing to fail," Energy Department spokeswoman Chris Kielich said. "Hopefully, that's one more thing people don't have to worry about.''